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Junior infants at Scoil Dean Cussin overjoyed at gifts from sports superstars



Scoil Dean Cussin pupil, Sinead Bulfin with Sean Finn and Niamh Ryan.

The aim is to introduce hurling to the young kids

Scoil Dean Cussen, junior infants pupils with Liz Kennedy, SNA, Shane Mullane, principal, Mike Weekes, Bruff GAA, hurler Sean Finn; GAA star Niamh Ryan, Siobhan Meaney, Bruff Camogie, Amy Moriarty, teacher.

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy

The junior infants’ class in Scoil Dean Cussin located in Bruff got a surprise as county and club stars Sean Finn and Niamh Ryan gifted each pupil in the class a free hurley and ball!




The idea came from Bruff Bord na nÓg and Bruff Camogie Club. The chair of Bord na nÓg, Fran O’Dwyer said that they always try to be innovative and help the local primary school in any way possible.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Fran said, “Our vice chairman Mike Weekes suggested giving each junior infant a welcome gift of a hurley and ball. Unanimously we agreed it was an excellent idea.”

They then reached out to the Camogie club in Bruff, who also agreed that the idea was great idea. Bruff Bord na nÓg and Bruff Camogie then ordered and paid for 27 hurleys and balls for the school children. Representatives from both clubs then presented the gifts to the excited class.

The concept’s aim is to introduce hurling to the young kids and hopefully get them interested in the sport, and maybe one day some of them will even be playing for the town in the future.

An introduction to hurling and other fun activities takes place in Bruff GAA club every Saturday morning from 10 am – 11 am for the nursery age group of under 5 years old. It is led by Tom Bulfin, who was once principal of Scoil Dean Cussen, and is coaching for the last 50 years. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Bruff GAA club was founded in 1887 and fields teams in both hurling and Gaelic football. The club has a team for everyone, as they train both men and women of all ages and experiences. If you were ever thinking of getting involved, now is the time!

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